Twelve visitors and one young child struggled their way up to the site today through driving drizzle coming off the sea. It has been the only really wet day we have had all week which is so different to last years event. However, it looks as though tomorrow and Sunday will bring much better weather and word has got back to us that we are going to experience a very busy weekend.
Young John aged four had a great time in the children's excavation area despite the soaking drizzle, and when it came to the time for his father to suggest it was time to return home, little John kicked up something of fuss and literally had to be dragged away from 'HIS HOLE'. However, a sample bag of pottery sherds and bits of clay pipe (all non strat material), seemed to pacify him and he rushed off home to show them to mum.
We also received a visit from the parish church rector and his wife. Keith was able to supply us with considerable information regarding the Cluniac order who founded a Priory in Barnstaple in 1086 and were responsible for the Combe Martin and Berrynarbor churches. Having looked at the site, and the early 'high status' pottery it has been producing, he suggested that he expected that there may be the remains of a small building where the priory monks lived.
Despite the wet, another good day, especially the delight on the face of little John as his trowel lifted out a small sherd of pottery.
http://www.cmsmrps.org.uk - a community archaeology initiative.